New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has compiled a supercut of all the instances of rape jokes in this season’s sitcoms, including clips from Whitney, Work It, Glee, and 2 Broke Girls among others. I won’t take this space to argue whether sexual assault can in theory be used for comedic affect, but this reel proves that networks such as ABC and Fox have no trouble trivializing the very real and potentially destructive consequences of rape for the sake of a cringe-inducing punchline. These are not examples of survivors speaking about their experience with nods to humor, or even a comedian using humor to provide insight on sexual assault, but TV shows marketed to a mainstream audience making crude jokes that perpetuate many stereotypes about sexual assault. Maybe these are the networks’ ideas of “edgy” humor. Link to video below.
The Sitcom Season in Rape Jokes [Vulture]